Having done a mystery shopping and chocolate tour of London I thought I’d go to the country most renowned for chocolate – Belgium with a chocolate tour of Brussels. My mission is to find pralines that I actually liked a lot. And seeing as pralines were first created in Brussels in 1912, I thought it was a good place to start. I’m also going to try and see if the customer service in the Leonidas shops are any better in Belgium than they were in London!
My problem is, however, that their are around 2,000 speciality chocolate shops in Belgium as a whole – this going to make the reviewing process very difficult. There is no way I’ll be able to try an adequate sample of th 172,000 tons of chocolate they make a year – but I’ll try.
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So where will I be visiting when I tour the city? Well here’s a list (I’m focusing on the ones I can’t find in the UK at the moment – I’ll add the international brands at a later date):
- Museum of Cocoa & Chocolate
No chocolate tour of Brussels would be complete without a visit to a musuem of chocolate. There looks like there will be a load of useful information so I’ll try and start my tour there. The only problem is that some of the reviews I’ve seen of it have said its poor so I’ll have a look at the outside and see what I think.
Address: Rue del tete d’or 90-11, 1000 Brussels | Guldenhoofdstraat 11, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
- La Maison des Maîtres Chocolatiers Belges
This looks like a stylish chocolatier with a funky website. I’ve only got to the first proper chocolate shop and I’m already thinking of booking an extra suitcase to bring the chocolate back!
Grand Place 4,1000 Bruxelles, Belgique, Tel: 02 888 66 20
- Planete Chocolat
This one looks like they’ve got a good variety of chocolate on offer, so I’ll definitely be paying a visit here.
Rue du Lombard 24 – 1000 Bruxelles
- Pierre Marcolini
I tried to visit the Pierre Marcolini shop in London but it had closed down, so I definitely want to make sure I visit this one.
Minimenstraat 11000 Brussels, Belgium02 514 12 06
This is another slick looking chocolate shop with some interesting chocolates on offer. This is a must visit one!
Place du Grand Sablon 12/A1000 Bruxelles, België02 512 37 42
- Mary Chocolatier
This has a Victorian feel to it. I’ll definitely make it to this chocolate shop.
Rue Royale 731000 Bruxelles, België02 217 45 00
- Frederic Blondeel
Apparently his chocolates are fantastic so I’ll put this shop up to of the list with Pierre Marcolini.
Baksteenkaai 241000 Bruxelles, Belgium. Tel: 02 502 21 31
Chaussée de Charleroi 1251060 Saint-Gilles, België02 533 95 80
- Le Chocolatier Manon
I’m not too sure about this one.
Jette, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgique
- Corné Port Royale
This one does look nice.
This is a fantastic looking, elegant chocolate shop.Rue au Beurre 43, 1000 Bruxelles, België. Tel: 02 344 33 03
I’ve been to the one on Regent Street, London so if I’ve got time I’ll pop in here.
Grote Zavel 48 1000 Brussel, België 02 502 99 06
There’s not a lot of information about this shop on their website, other than they opened this year. With a name like “Passion”, however, I’ve just got to visit them.
Rue Père Eudore Devroye 197, 1150 Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, België. Tel: 02 772 47 10
I can’t find a website for them, but as they’re close to Passion Chocolate, I’ll still pay a visit.
Avenue Hansen-Soulie 841040 Etterbeek, België02 735 82 00
Alchimie du Chocolat
This doesn’t have the best website or information, but I’ll see what htey have to offer.
Rue des Hellènes 641050 Ixelles, België02 649 77 66
- L’art de Praslin
These chocolate do look fantastic and origianl. It’s a bit of a treck out to it. But I’m sure I’ll be rewarded.
Avenue du Roi Chevalier 67,1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, België. Tel: 02 771 54 17